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L’Oreal Hair Relaxers Linked to Cancer

Lawsuit Against L’Oreal: Cancer from Hair Care Products Including Relaxers, Straighteners

A close-up of a hairstylist applying hair dye to a client's hair, focusing on meticulously painting the dye onto strands sectioned with clips.

A lawsuit has been filed against well-known cosmetic companies L’Oreal USA Products Inc., Soft Soft Sheen Carson Inc., Sheen/Carson Inc., Strength of Nature Global, Dabur International Ltd, Namaste Laboratories, LLC, and Dabur USA Inc.

The basis of the lawsuit is that the companies have produced products – hair straighteners and relaxers – that may increase a woman’s risk of uterine cancer. Additionally, it is alleged that the companies knew or should have known of the risk and failed to disclose it to the purchasers of these products.

Our attorneys are investigating these claims and the link between hair straighteners and uterine cancer. If you or a loved one was diagnosed, suffers or suffered with uterine cancer, and used hair relaxer / hair straightening products at least four times, we may be able to help. We can offer you a free, confidential consultation to determine your rights and whether you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Call our compassionate attorneys now at (800) 403-6191.

Lawsuit Filed Against L’Oreal : Dangerous Hair Relaxing Haircare Products

Jennifer Mitchell, a Missouri woman, has sued L’Oreal and other cosmetic companies after developing uterine cancer. The lawsuit claims their hair-relaxing products caused her to develop her cancer. The lawsuit alleges the products caused her to have “regular and prolonged exposure to phthalates and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals” that are contained in the products of these companies.

Ms. Mitchell received her diagnosis of uterine cancer when she was just age 28. She had used L’Oreal products for more than 18 years, since the age of 10. Because of the injuries she has sustained, she is now seeking damages and future medical monitoring costs to be paid by L’Oreal.

At present, there are thousands of cases being filed against the manufacturers of these products.

Why Are Hair Straightening Manufacturers Being Sued?

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In the case of Ms. Mitchell, her legal team is arguing that her uterine cancer was caused by chemicals in the products manufactured by the defendants. Additionally, these chemical compounds may cause other medical conditions, including uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and preterm deliveries.

There are many brands and products that are being looked at, and against which claims are being made. Dark & Lovely, Just For Me, Optimum Care, Motions, and others are just a few among potentially hundreds of products that may be marketed to women.

In fact, it appears that African American women are being hit particularly hard by this, as a larger portion use straighteners and relaxers, and those products cause an even higher rate of cancer amongst black women (according to studies).

There is growing evidence that women who use hair straighteners and dyes may be at increased risk of cancer.

The 2022 Uterine Cancer Study

According to a study published by the U.S National Institute of Environmental Health Safety on October 17th, 2022, using common chemical hair straighteners four or more times doubles a woman’s risk of developing uterine cancer. This study appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study itself involved 33,947 U.S. women. Their ages varied between 35-74.

Those who conducted the study followed women for an average of 11 years. During this time frame, 378 women were diagnosed with uterine cancer. A fuller analysis revealed that 1.64% of women not using these hair care products were likely to develop uterine cancer. In contrast, 4.02% of women who regularly use hair relaxers and hair straighteners are likely to develop uterine cancer by age 70. That’s an increased risk of 145.12%.

Breast Cancer Study: 2019

A 2019 study also looked at how using permanent hair dye and chemical straighteners affected women. They published their findings which indicated that using permanent hair dye and chemical straighteners increased the risk of developing breast cancer for women. It is noted that in that 2019 study that “women who used hair straighteners at least every five to eight weeks were about 30% more likely to develop breast cancer.”

What is the Basis of the Claim Against the Companies?

The plaintiff must demonstrate that the company is at fault for their hair straightener product causing uterine cancer. The company needs to demonstrate that it was aware, or should have been aware, of a serious risk associated with the product and failed to take action to correct the issue or warn the public of the potential danger.

We are currently investigating cases where the woman had used the product at least four times.

Which Cancers are Being Investigated?

While other links may be found, we are currently investing those cases where the woman had used hair relaxes and then had an increased risk of developing:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Uterine Sarcoma

If you have these conditions as a result of using hair relaxers/straighteners, you may be able to get help from an attorney.

Which Products are the Subject of these Lawsuits?

There are a tremendous number of products which may contain the chemicals which are the subject of these lawsuits.

A partial list of companies manufacturing these products includes:

  • L’Oréal USA, Inc
  • L’Oréal USA Products, Inc.
  • Strength of Nature, LLC
  • Namaste Laboratories, LLC.
  • Godrej SON Holdings, Inc.
  • Soft SheenCarson LLC.
  • PDC Brands
  • Dabur USA Inc.
  • Dabur International Ltd
  • Parfums de Coeur, LTD

Call Our Lawyers Today for a Free Consultation

If you or someone in your family was diagnosed with breast cancer, uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, uterine fibroids, uterine sarcoma, or endometriosis after using hair relaxers or straighteners, we may be able to help.

Contact the compassionate lawyers at Alonso Krangle today for a free, confidential and discrete conversation about your case. There is no risk or obligation, and we are here to help.

Call (800) 403-6191 or complete the form on this page for a free consultation.

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